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Training the future: TMA's 2017 Related Theory Graduation


Thirty-eight students were honored for completing the Technology & Manufacturing Association's three-year Related Theory Apprentice Training program May 25, 2017.

“There's a critical shortage of skilled labor with the retirement of baby boomers creating a growing skills gap for manufacturers. This program helps close that margin and provide these students a bright future in manufacturing,” Patrick Osborne, Vice President of TMA's Education & Training told the graduates, their families and friends.

“TMA's training is the gold standard for precision metalworking. The program is invaluable to students as they gain skills, opportunity and employment with little or no debt,” Osborne said. 

The TMA students attend a 3-hour class twice a week for 28 weeks a year while working full time at one of over 800 TMA member companies, who sponsor the cost of their employees' training. 

During the first year, students are taught basic skills such as shop math, blueprint reading and machine tool basics. 

In the second year, students focus on the basics of either mold making, tool & die, or computer numerical control (CNC) programming. 

In the third year, students engage in the advanced study of their area of focus chosen in their second year.

CNC Programming instructor Jack Krikorian presented certificates to the 13 completing the CNC Programming three-year program: • Michael Barnas • Nicholas Baum • Rodrigo Becerra • Shaun Eller • Robert Eschbach • Michael Glisson • Bryan Hale • David Hernandez • Jasen Horsfall • Ben Johnson • Gonzalo Lechuga • Joshua Perez • Juan Puga

Tool & Die Making Instructor Rich Nielsen recognized 19 Tool & Die Making graduates: • Clayton Belcher • Jeremiah Blakenbaker • Steven Curry • Joseph Ducato • Jesse Gallois • Alexander Glogowski • Aaron Hadesman • Anthony Hill • Ryan Houck • Bryan Kotlowski • Zuriel Luna • Jeffrey Misener • Edgar Olivares • Michael Parson • Thomas Reynolds • Eduardo Rodriguez • Richard Schildgen • Jaeik Shim • Jeremy Wagner

Joe Genc, head Mold Making instructor, handed certificates for completing the Mold Making Program to: • Colin Bodan • Paul Boyer • George Brumfield • Craig Everhart • Edward Pieszchala • Patrick Walton

More on TMA's 2017 Related Theory Graduation in the June/July 2017 News Bulletin 

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